Key points

  • Thales has been providing fully integrated solutions for Cairo’s metro since the implementation of the Line 1 in the late 1980’s, including automatic fare collection systems and control & communication systems. Thales received new orders in 2015 to complement new phases of Line 3 and upgrade the ticketing systems of Line 1 & 2.
  • In 2013, the Group was awarded a contract to modernise the signalling systems for the Cairo-Alexandria rail corridor.
Thales strives to deepen its presence in the country by contributing its expertise in order to improve the standard of living for Egyptian people. Today, Thales is a key partner for major rail developments.


Cairo metro line

  • Thales has been awarded several contracts for the manufacturing, supply, erection and maintenance of the Automatic Fare Collection system of both lines of the Greater Cairo metro. Cairo metro Line 1 was the first metro line in Africa, and has been in operation since 1987.
  • Works for Line 2 started in 1993. Because of the growth of the city of Cairo, a new Public Transportation Study of the Greater Cairo area was carried out. As an outcome of the study, a new Line 3 was designed to link the east from Cairo International Airport, to the West at Imbaba.
  • As a continuation of the long lasting relationship of the Group and the National Authority of Tunnels (NAT) Thales was chosen to supply a contactless fare collection system as well as an integrated supervision and communication system for the first phase of Line 3. Construction work for the new Cairo metro line, which includes twenty-nine stations and will be 100 km long, started in July 2007. In the long-term, the whole network will be reliant on contactless technology. The integrated supervision, control and communications system ensures the security and safety of passengers on the new line. It includes a Communication Centre which allows the operator to broadcast passenger information in the station and enables voice & data exchange with the train drivers. The collection and monitoring of all equipment and alert systems on the line, as well as telephone communications with the technical and operation room, will also be delivered by the Group. It is predicted that the line will transport five million passengers per day by 2020.
  • In 2015 NAT restated its confidence in Thales by awarding the Group new contracts for the latest phases of Line 3 (phase three & four), covering fare collection and integrated supervision and communication systems. As Line 1 & 2 ticketing systems are becoming out of date, NAT has also awarded Thales the implementation of new technologies and equipment to be delivered in a short period of time in order to improve services to the travellers.

Cairo-Alexandria railway line:

  • In May 2013, Thales was awarded a contract valued at over €100 million by Egyptian National Railways for the modernisation of the signalling systems on the Cairo-Alexandria corridor, targeting completion in 2017. The Cairo-Alexandria railway line is 208km long and is currently the busiest section of the Egyptian Railways network, carrying thirty-two million passengers per year. This was the first contract issued to a company under Egypt’s modernisation plan.
  • This partnership will support the development of the rail industry in the country, whilst delivering real added value to the country’s higher education sector. Thales signed a turnkey contract including design, supply, construction, phasing, commissioning and maintenance services. It covers the modernisation of the signalling as well as the telecommunication system and the centralised traffic control. The Thales signalling solution enhances the safety and the capacity of the line. The speed of the trains will increase from 140 km/h to 160 km/h; the headways between trains will decrease from ten to five minutes.
  • This major contract confirms Thales’ worldwide leadership in the transport systems business with the capacity to deliver both Greenfield projects and upgrade existing infrastructures with minimum service disruptions for optimised performance and safety. Following the successful implementation of fare collection and communications systems for the Cairo metro, this award reinforces Thales’ footprint in Egypt.